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FACTS ABOUT 9 ICONIC PLACES AROUND THE WORLD!

FACTS ABOUT 9 ICONIC PLACES AROUND THE WORLD!

July 10th, 2017
There are certain works of art and architecture that are famous world over. But if you study the history of some of them a little more intently, you’ll find that many of them contain a great deal of facts that most people don’t have any idea about. Here list of some of the most intriguing ones.

The Top-Floor Apartment of the Eiffel Tower

Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed France’s most famous monument, built and fitted out an apartment for himself on its topmost floor. He often used it to rest and attend guests. On one occasion, he had a long conversation there with Thomas Edison. The apartment contains a kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, and a living room, and, of course, boasts spectacular views. Today it serves as a museum, complete with waxworks of Eiffel and Edison.

The Top-Floor Apartment of the Eiffel Tower

The Broken Chain at the feet of the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was given to the USA by the people of France in honor of the 100th anniversary of the American Revolution. It symbolizes freedom, democracy, and the repeal of slavery. It is for this reason that a broken chain lies at the feet of the statue — something often overlooked by the many thousands of tourists who go to see it

The Broken Chain at the feet of the Statue of Liberty

Gol Gumbaz

Another historical monument that should be visited by travelers for its uniqueness is the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur. This huge monument is the tomb of Emperor Adil Shah and is said to be the second largest tomb in the world. The unique feature of this huge structure is that it is said to have hollow walls, known as the whispering gallery. Till date the entry to this hollow wall has not been found and also no one knows the true story behind why it was constructed in this manner.

 Gol Gumbaz

Sanchi Stupa

The Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh is a major tourist destination as it is here where Emperor Asoka gave up his violent life and turned to Buddhism. No one knows what encouraged the great king to take such a decision suddenly. There are those who say he was deeply affected by the bloodshed at the Battle of Kaling, but history shows us that the king had fought too many wars to feel such a way suddenly. Rumor has it that during the battle the emperor was visited by Lord Buddha himself who told him that greatness is not achieved by bloodshed but by spreading love. Hence, after the battle he is said to have kept aside his weapons and followed the learning’s of Lord Buddha.

Sanchi Stupa

The 1600 Years Old Rust Free Iron Pillar of Delhi

The Iron Pillar of Delhi is famous throughout India. But one thing that most people don't know about it is that, it is 99 per cent resistant to corrosion. The 7.21 meters tall structure is as much as 1600 years old and still stands completely rust-free. Made from 98 per cent wrought iron, the pillar has been a subject of varied scientific studies from around the world. While a study concluded that critical corrosion-resistance agent called iron hydrogen phosphate hydrate makes the pillar resistant to rusting. The question that remains that how was such a chemically advanced agent manufactured almost 2000 years ago.

The 1600 Years Old Rust Free Iron Pillar of Delhi

The Creation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

The famous tower contains many secrets. Everyone knows about its inclination, but no one knows who actually built the bell tower for Pisa’s cathedral. One of the reasons for this mystery is the fact that it was built over the course of nearly 200 years. Historians are used to assuming the construction plan was developed by Bonanno Pizano, but a more likely candidate was Diotisalvi, who designed the baptistery located next to the tower which is built in the same style.

The Creation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Victoria Memorial

Jealousy is indeed a powerful emotion and the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata is a true symbol of that. It is said that a general in the British army was so smitten by the beauty of the Taj Mahal that he went on to rave about it to Queen Victoria. The Queen after having heard so much of it, ordered the general to build her a memorial of much grandeur, such that it outshines the Taj. Thus, Victoria Memorial was built using the same architectural design and marbles that were used in the Taj Mahal. It is also said that during the construction, the British saw that a lot of revenue was being used in building the monument, and so they cut short the size of the structure. In order to appease the Queen for this, they had a huge garden built around the monument.

Victoria Memorial

The Name of the Most Famous Tourist Attraction in Britain

Strictly speaking, “Big Ben” doesn’t refer to the whole tower in the British Houses of Parliament but instead only the large bell within it. Until September 2012, the official name for the structure was “The Bell Tower of the Palace of Westminster." Now its official name is “The Elizabeth Tower.” At present, no one knows for certain in whose honor the bell was named Big Ben. One theory goes that it was the nickname of a powerfully built man who managed the bell foundry where it was made. Another theory suggests it was named after Benjamin Count, a heavyweight boxing champion.

The Name of the Most Famous Tourist Attraction in Britain

Fatehpur Sikri: Fort or a City?

It is a question every traveller coming to Fatehpur Sikri mulls over. Built by Emperor Akbar in 1571, the fortified place has captured the attention of many tourists who travel here to observe the many marvels that stand here. It is said that Emperor Akbar wanted to create a small city where his family and those of the nobles could live and move around freely. He built Fatehpur Sikri so that his many queens who needed to remain within the confines of the palace could roam its vast grounds. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fortified region was once a personal city of the Mughal royal family.

Fatehpur Sikri: Fort or a City?